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Music Editorial

ushawtanya.jpg Ushering in concerts of real quality

Ushaw in Durham has one of the finest concerts halls in the north-east and they’ll be making full use of it this May with three gigs that will literally knock yer socks off (note: not literally).

And this trio of springtime crackers gets off to a fine start with the Paul Edis Trio who will be hitting us up with ‘A Brief History of Jazz Piano’. Based in Newcastle Edis is an established name on the UK jazz scene both as a pianist and composer and has performed with some of the biggest names in the biz. For this performance he will be joined by the outstandingly talented Andy Champion and Russ Morgan and taking us through some classic jazz piano standards.

Next up, it’s a real coup for Ushaw to attract someone as talented as Tanya Anisimova (pictured) who has sold out venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and who came to international recognition with an album of her cello arrangements of J.S. Bach’s complete violin sonatas and partitas. She will be performing a cello recital and giving north-east concert goers the chance to see just why the Washington Post recently described her as being graced with “spiritual authority” and with “an easy mastery of her instrument”.

Finally in May Ushaw will be welcoming back the Da Vinci Quartet, the much-feted Colorado-based ensemble who will be regaling us with music from Purcell and Mendelssohn. Each gig weighs in at only seven quid a ticket, which is making me think I’d be daft to pass up the chance to catch all three.

Paul Edis Trio, Friday 18 May, 7.30pm, £7; Tanya Anisimova, Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm, £7; Da Vinci Quartet, Saturday 26 May, 2.30pm, £7. Ushaw, College Road, Esh, Durham. ushaw.org